Trafalgar silver & gilt chess set - Created in collaboration with sculptor Diarmuid Byron-O'Connor. The chess pieces represent the English, led by Lord Admiral Nelson and cast in silver. The French, led by Villeneuve, are cast in silver and then gilded. Each piece is individually sculpted with excellent detail showing their individual uniforms. The squares of the chess board are made from certified oak and mahogany taken from the original HMS Victory - on which Nelson served - when the ship was refitted in 1905. The copper corners on the board are also authentic and are from the copper plating on the original ship's hull.